The Journals of Knud Rasmussen (2006)

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An epic tragedy set in and around Igloolik in the 1920s, as the last great Inuit shaman and his beautiful and headstrong daughter struggle to survive the sweep of civilization that brought Christianity and commerce to the arctic and irrevocably changed Inuit life. Witnesses to their story are Danish ethnographer and explorer Knud Rasmussen and his traveling companions Therkel Mathiassen and Peter Freuchen.

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While the Europeans are compelled to share some of their own songs, beliefs and personal history, it's the telling of the Inuit stories that compels much of the movie.

Sep 29, 2006 | Rating: 3/4 | Full Review…

Watch as an entire social order collapses without a sound -- witness the seismic shift, hear the oblivious silence, and be moved.

Sep 23, 2006 | Rating: 3/4 | Full Review…

Not every admirer of the first film will enjoy it, but it values its subjects too much to mold their rhythms to an outsider's attention span.

Sep 13, 2006

Glacially paced and structurally lumpy.

Sep 12, 2006

A fascinating, multifaceted historiography and autoethnography, even if its story of cultural imperialism offers few new insights

Oct 24, 2006 | Full Review…

The sad story of how shamanism and the ancient ways of the Inuit was replaced by Christianity and a hatred of the world in one community in 1922.

Oct 8, 2006 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…

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